Instead of creating allies, we're creating adversaries

I said this last week and I’ve heard it from many people around the state. We need to bring people together in the Republican party.

Taking sides and endorsing a challenger over an incumbent isn?t the way to do that no matter how nice of a guy Val Rausch is.

Getting involved in the District 4 legislative primary and going against incumbent Senator Tim Begalka was a bad move by the Daugaard administration. By all accounts Begalka is a very nice man. He might be of a slightly different mindset than some other legislators, but he never took the Lora Hubbel route in going after the Governor.

I have always liked both Rausch and Begalka. And I am in agreement with those who are tired of hearing Val Rausch’s good name slandered by fringe members of the legislature.

But this is what happens when we extend fists instead of open hands against an incumbent member of the legislature:

House Speaker Val Rausch of Big Stone City failed in his bid to move to the Senate. Sen. Tim Begalka of Clear Lake won that contest with more than two-thirds of the vote.

Begalka said voters resented the governor’s interference in the legislative primary.

“His meddling in the race, I think it kind of backfired,” Begalka said…

“I think it is time for Val to pack up his bags and go home because he has outlived his value in Pierre. The power went to his head,” Begalka said.

What was accomplished by the Governor and his staff getting involved in this race? Clearly they didn’t help their cause. You want to know the kind of person Begalka was through this race? Take for example this article when Lora Hubbel appeared to be doing her best to make facts up about Val Rausch’s pro-life voting record.

Lora, Thanks for the support, but to set the record straight my opponent is not pro-abortion,but his gun votes are inconsistent. – Tim Begalka

How often do you see that in politics?

In our party we have libertarians, conservatives and moderates, kooks, and angry kooks. It’s time to extend the olive branch to those who are reasonable, and I hope Begalka hasn’t been pushed into finding refuge in the arms of the Hubbel/Howie wing of the party. I’ll leave it for you to determine which label applies.

Where it all began with the endorsement:

Begalka said he’s “disappointed” Daugaard endorsed his opponent but won’t hold grudges…”I’m not going to change my opinion or my stance on anything,” Begalka said. “I’m not going to hold a grudge, and I hope nobody does either.”

We will find out if the world operates the way Venhuizen said it would after the endorsement.

“We have a primary on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning we all wake up and we’re all Republicans and we’re all on the same team.” – Venhuizen

I wonder how smoothly the gears are notching together today for Venhuizen?

31 Replies to “Instead of creating allies, we're creating adversaries”

  1. Anonymous

    Disagree completely on the part about your concern over the gov getting involved, and I respect him for for being open about it. If Gordon Howie was lined up on the other side, the Gov owed the party a duty to keep the GOP on the side of sanity.

    Howie and his cabal of crazies thought they could pick up seats beholding only to him. Thank God the Gov stepped up to the plate.

    I don’t have a problem with the Governor getting involved in primaries. What I didn’t care for was his decision to go against an incumbent. BC

    1. Anonymous

      Let’s see, the Gov endorsed 5 people, three of them lost. The two incumbants that the Gov targeted won. They weren’t seats that Howie tried to pick up as you were saying. Two incumbants that the Gov endorsed won and one lost. Now those incumbants that he tried to defeat may not be so amiable to him. Let’s hope they don’t hold it against the Gov and I hope he stays out of the primaries in the future.

      1. cat

        deb peters barely scratched out a win at around 400 votes, about 70 votes more than hubbel, after spending near $20 thousand dollars to hubbels several thousands. hubbel was in a totally new district and peters was the long time incumbent. it may be a win at the end of the day, but people should know that it came at a terrible cost to peters and the governor.

  2. Anonymous

    I don’t know what planet Tony Venhuizen lives on but it’s apparently one where he gets married to the Governor’s daughter and then gets a sweet gig wielding power around the capitol at the age of 27 (because he’s the governor’s son-in-law). Because that’s the world where people advise foolish endorsements and say stupid things like this:

    ?We have a primary on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning we all wake up and we?re all Republicans and we?re all on the same team.? ? Venhuizen

    You know where you can stick it Tony.

  3. insomniac

    I am actually quite upset with the Governor going against Begalka. I don’t have anything against Rausch but to endorse against an incumbent is wrong.

    All we can hope is that Daugaard needs Begalka’s vote this session on a key vote.

    1. disgusted

      Endorsing Mike Buckingham over the incumbant Phil Jensen for the House was also very wrong and pretty darn idiotic. Don’t think the solid conservatives won’t remember this when the governor comes to them pushing legislation he wants passed. Daugaard lost a lot of ground within his own party.

  4. Anonymous

    it must hurt to see so many rinos cut from the herd and some very good conservatives advancing?

    the governor is barely 2 for 6 of his endorsements and he has stirred up a hornets nest.

    instead of congratulating the winners and South Dakotans you chose to throw more gas on the fire. good, the more you support the rinos, the more conservatives get riled up.

    slander rausch? stop gulping the kool aid

    1. toga

      I don’t know what you were reading that was different than I read. I didn’t see anything that was pro rino or anti rino. I didn’t see anything that was anti Tea Party either.

      Do you have glasses on that prevent you from understanding what you see?

  5. Anonymous

    It doesn’t appear that the Gov’s office talked to anybody in Rapid City about endorsing Buckingham. If they had they would not have squandered political capitol endorsing a candidate that republicans of any bent could not support. Buckingham’s only agenda is to advance the interests of his family in NAU, period.

    1. dragonfly.blue

      Exactly!

      Did anyone else experience Buckingham?s numerous campaign flyers addressed only to the men in the household?

      1. Anon

        I for one have ordered a new salad shooter; thank you gop, this is the best you had?

        1. dragonfly.blue

          You may want to include the ?Chef’n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper,? the ?Microwave Pasta Boat- Perfect Pasta Every Time,? the ?Emson Bacon Wave, ?and ?Egg Genie Electric Egg Cooker? to add to your kitchenware.

  6. This is MMMMMMMYYYYYYY Country

    Best line I’ve read all day is Gordon “scorecard” Howie telling kelo today he is not one to ever keep score. Whhaaaa? Is anything that comes out of that man’s mouth ever true? http://t.co/tc5z1t2a

    1. Anon

      No, I heartily disagree. We are lucky to have such fine civil servants in Tony and Dusty. Both are great guys. Both really care about this state. Both are willing to sacrifice successful careers in the private sector to serve our Governor, and serve him well! Neither Dusty nor Tony is on any power trip (humble is actually how I would characterize them) and if they made a mistake, it doesn’t appear to be a catastrophic one. I say, keep up the good work! You make this South Dakotan proud!

      1. Anonymous

        I have heard this “sacrificing successful careers in the private sector” before. I would be interested to see what these two are actually sacrificing in the private sector. Alas, we will probably never know. There certainly are not too many six-figure 9-5 jobs out there in the real world.

          1. Anonymous

            to think he is risking his life for us everyday while being the governor’s chief of staff, what a true hero he is for sacrificing everything for south dakota! dusty on mt rushmore!

            1. Anonymous

              Nobody said Dusty was risking his life, but he could be earning a lot more in the private sector. Your sarcasm hides an inability to form any valid criticism.

              1. cat

                dusty has burnt a lot of capitol across the state, and continues to do so.

                too many people became aware of the polling in many of the races across the state, when they asked dusty if it was the governor, he supposedly said that it must be the democrats. after tony v admitted it was the governor doing it, it became obvious that dusty was lets say less than honest.

                1. Anon

                  The more important question is what the hell did those polls show to warrant the governor supporting candidates that got stomped. Why give Gordon the ability to crow by supporting people that lost 2-1. Stupid and-or arrogant, can’t figure it out.

                2. Anon

                  One other theory is that Dusty didnt know about the polling because he was busy running government while Tony was being the political guy.

                  1. clem

                    And if that polling data was shared with the endorsed candidates,why isn’t it reported on their campaign finance reports?? The Gov’s office and Gant are hiding this, the AG should not have to get involved! Doesn’t Gant know how to interpret the rules and laws of his own office ???

  7. Anonymous

    The Governor had to make all kinds of deals to get HB 1234 passed…and during those talks, he told some legislators that he didn’t make endorsements…

    I wonder what those legislators who were told by the Gov himself that he didn’t make endorsements are going to offer him in support this next legislative session?

  8. The Guy From Guernsey

    At June 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm Anon wrote:

    ?No, I heartily disagree. We are lucky to have such fine civil servants in Tony and Dusty. Both are great guys. Both really care about this state. Both are willing to sacrifice successful careers in the private sector to serve our Governor, and serve him well! Neither Dusty nor Tony is on any power trip (humble is actually how I would characterize them) and if they made a mistake, it doesn?t appear to be a catastrophic one. I say, keep up the good work! You make this South Dakotan proud.?
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    I sincerely hope that this reflected an attempt @ sarcasm; but, if not …

    Balderdash !

    Were he not the benefactor of nepotistic patronage, as bestowed by the Governor, Tonnis would be doing what, exactly ?